FDA comes to the aid of Big Tobacco and limousine liberals

A Juul vaping system with accessory pods in varying flavors on May 02 2018 in Washington DC

The undercover investigation took place from June through the end of August, with the majority of violations involving the sale of products by the five manufacturers, which make up more than 97 percent of the USA e-cigarette market.

The agency sent more than 1,100 warning letters and 131 fines to retailers it said illegally sold JUUL and other e-cigarette products to minors during a nationwide undercover sting including brick-and-mortar and online stores this summer. "We are committed to preventing underage use of our product, and we want to be part of the solution in keeping e-cigarettes out of the hands of young people", said Kevin Burns, CEO of JUUL Labs.

JUUL was among those to receive FDA warnings and requests for further details about its marketing practices.

And a 2016 report from the Office of the Surgeon General warned that nicotine could interfere with healthy brain development during adolescence, especially in regions related to attention, learning and impulse control. The FDA should also be moving to remove all flavored tobacco products from the market - unless a manufacturer shows that they help adults switch completely from cigarettes and do not attract youth - which is clearly not the case for the most popular products now on the market.

The FDA furthermore centered Juul stores this spring, issuing 56 warning letters and 6 civil monetary penalties.

When electronic cigarettes hit the market in 2004, they were seen as a positive alternative to tobacco smoking.

In fact, the FDA is so serious about curbing the problem, it's threatening to pull e-cigarettes off the shelves for adults, too.

The FDA said it was cracking down hard on sales of vaping products to teenagers and said it was reconsidering a grace period to allow makers to apply for FDA approval of their products.

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The company, which sells pods with flavours such as mango, mint and creme, also defended such products, which it said help adult customers trying to quit traditional smoking.

STEIN: Yeah, so the companies that make these products, they say, look; you know, we don't think kids should be using them either.

The also gave dominant e-cigarette makers 60 days to explain how they plan to reverse the spike in use among minors.

Under Wednesday's FDA announcement, the five largest e-cigarette manufacturers will have 60 days to produce plans to stop underage use of their products. Their popularity is rising "very sharply", Gottlieb said: In 2017, more than 2 million middle and high school students acknowledged they were current users of vaping products, according to the Monitoring the Future survey.

The FDA is also zeroing in on online retailers which, it says, are "selling misleadingly labeled and/or advertised e-liquids resembling kid-friendly food products such as candy and cookies". But the FDA nonetheless intends to stand in the way of JUUL and other products that could help millions of Americans, disproportionately poor, take an important step toward improving their health. Why? "And if they are under 18 or they don't have their ID, they have to immediately leave the store", says Allison Vandeveld, Director of Operations at Vapin USA.

"I believe certain flavors are one of the principal drivers of the youth appeal of these products", Gottlieb said.

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, said that the FDA will do anything in its power to keep potentially addictive substances out of the hands of minors.

Imperial Brands unit Fontem Ventures said it would work to further strengthen youth access prevention policies and procedures. The companies insist that the flavors are critical to helping nicotine-addicted adult smokers switch from conventional cigarettes. And it highlighted e-cigarettes' role as a way for adult smokers to transition off cigarettes.

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